Balancing earning and learning

“School in the Plant” offers chance to complete education


Learn how Cargill helps employees to reach a higher education level with its “School in the Plant” initiative at the company’s integrated poultry processing operations in Thailand’s Saraburi.


September 2011 – To help meet financial needs, parents in Thailand may be forced to pull their children out of school before they meet Thailand’s minimum education requirement.

In fact, Cargill Meats Thailand employs several hundred workers who have not had the opportunity to complete their secondary and high school level education upon reaching the minimum age for employment.

Recognizing a growing need with “School in the Plant”

In 1994, recognizing a growing need in rural communities, Cargill Meats Thailand partnered with the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education under the Thailand Ministry of Education to create a program called “School in the Plant.”

Committed to helping employees balance earning and learning
Cargill. School in the Plant.
Cargill Meats Thailand employees attend "School in the Plant".

The School in the Plant program was developed to allow workers to complete their primary, secondary and high school education while working for Cargill Meats Thailand.

“We are committed to furthering the growth and development of our people and the communities in which we do business,” said K. Chinathep Sangsuwon, human resources director of Cargill Meats Thailand. “With the School in the Plant program, we want to help those most in need to balance earning and learning, and provide a chance to attain a better quality of life.”

School in the Plant helps employees juggle school, work and community activities

Under the government-approved and monitored School in the Plant program, employees are required to engage in a set number of hours in classroom activities, as well as participate in community activities.

Once participants complete the required elements for each level of education, they receive accredited certifications equivalent to the country’s formal education programs.

In the classroom, employees participate in activities that enhance their business know-how. These activities allow them to develop knowledge with respect to communications, problem-solving, technology and learn valuable life skills.

Employees are informed about the program through notice boards, supervisors or colleagues who have joined the program and have charted successful results.

Since 1994, more than 2,100 employees participated in the program

Since its inauguration in 1994, more than 2,100 employees have participated in the program. Cargill Meats Thailand plans to continue with the School in the Plant program to continue helping disadvantaged employees to reach a higher education level and set them on a way to a better life.